9 am Whale Watch - Joanne
We left the harbor at 9 AM with gusty SE winds, rough/rolly seas and rain. It rained throughout most of our trip and time on whales but that didn’t discourage the activity of the whales or the enthusiasm of our passengers. We started on the SW corner and found one lone humpback. Shortly after our arrival, we got word of dozens off whales off Race Pt. We ended up surrounded by feeding whales--including kick, bubble net, bubble clouds, open mouths, dragging. We even had some breaching and tail lobbing. There were thousands of birds, including greater, sooty and cory's shearwaters, wilson's storm petrels, jaegars, and gulls. It was estimated by Ian we had 2500+ birds in huge rafts of hundreds (see Ian’s report below)
2 pm Whale Watch - Joanne
On our afternoon trip we had less rain but more fog. We ended up in the same place with just as many whales, but all low profile. The humpbacks were taking one breath and diving. We had a group of finbacks circling, including a pair that became a trio. We also had the finback named Loon. We ended our trip going a bit farther east to an area with three different whales all breaching and tail breaching. We had one HUGE breach next to the boat from a cow (Blackhole) and then a close pass by the pair.